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No child should have to grow up in poverty

PUBLISHED: 19:55 11 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:07 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, I ATTENDED the launch of the London Child Poverty Commission s report and welcome its work and recommendations. Child poverty is one of the biggest challenges for Tower Hamlets and one of the council's emerging key priorities.

Dear Editor,

I ATTENDED the launch of the London Child Poverty Commission's report and welcome its work and recommendations (Report shows teens suffer a rough deal, Advertiser, March 6).

Child poverty is one of the biggest challenges for Tower Hamlets and one of the council's emerging key priorities.

We are working to reduce poverty, while also making sure high levels of deprivation do not mean reduced outcomes for children.

We have many staff working with children, their families and the relevant agencies using the most effective methods to lift families out of poverty.

One of these methods is to help parents into sustainable work, giving them financial independence.

We are also encouraging nurseries to take part in the London Development Agency's Childcare Affordability programme to bring down childcare costs for low income families.

No child should have to grow up in poverty. We cannot underestimate the scale of the challenge.

Cllr Clair Hawkins

Children's Services Lead Member

Tower Hamlets Council

Town Hall

Blackwall, London

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